Russia Moves Its First Tactical Fighter Jets to Base in Syria.... and If Syria Asks Us to Send Troop

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Russia Moves Its First Tactical Fighter Jets to Base in Syria

Updated Sept. 18, 2015 1:40 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON—Russia has moved its first fighter jets to a growing base in Syria, defense officials said Friday, raising new concerns Moscow is preparing to play a direct role in helping embattled President Bashar al-Assad against Islamic State militants.

Moscow’s military moves came as U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke to his Russian counterpart about Russia’s deepening role in Syria, ending a long pause in high-level military ties between the two countries.

Defense officials said at least four tactical fighter jets had arrived at the rapidly expanding airfield on the Syrian coast south of Latakia. Over the past two weeks, defense officials said, Russia has dramatically stepped up development of the airfield by sending in housing for up to 2,000 people, attack helicopters, choppers to transport troops around the country, and artillery.

Russia: If Syria Asks Us to Send Troops, We'll Consider It

Associated Press | Sep 18, 2015
MOSCOW -- A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia would consider sending troops to fight in Syria if Damascus were to ask for it.

Russia on Thursday urged the United States and its allies to engage the Syrian government as a "partner" in the fight against the Islamic State group amid concerns over an ongoing Russian military buildup there.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem denied reports on Thursday that Russian combat troops were fighting in Syria but said Syria would not hesitate to ask for Russia's help if needed.